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What legends say about Cranes win against DR Congo

By James Bakama

Added 23rd June 2019 07:13 PM

The Cranes exhibited a great game. They played as a unit, says Sam Ssimbwa

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Sam Ssimbwa

The Cranes exhibited a great game. They played as a unit, says Sam Ssimbwa

Sam Ssimbwa (Ex-international and URA coach)
 
The Cranes exhibited a great game. They played as a unit. I was also pleasantly surprised by the fact that players who had been inactive like Hassan Wasswa and Godfrey Walusimbi and those who had been missing in the team for long like Bevis Mugabi and Mike Azira gelled well.
 
But we shouldn’t get excited. Our next opponents Zimbabwe and Egypt are much stronger than DR. Congo. We should strive to get a point from one of these teams in order to qualify.
 
Jackson Mayanja (Ex-international, Kyetume FC coach)
 
It was a great game. I am one of those who noted immediately the squad was named that it was very well balanced.
 
I must also say that we played well because of very good preparations. That time we spent in Abu Dhabi was a boost for the team.
 
Then the fact that we can now also make effective use of our set pieces is also very good. A team’s attacking depth is at times measured by the ease it scores both in open play and such set pieces.
 
Opening games are usually also very difficult but the fact that we easily won means that we could go far. This team has the ability to go up to the semi-finals. We only have to keep up the performance.
 
Tom Lwanga (1978 Afcon silver medalist)
 
It was a great game. In many ways, it reminds me of our 1978 performance. Our silver was largely a result of lessons learned from our previous outing in Addis Ababa in 1976. It is the same case with this team. You can tell that they got their lessons from Gabon 2017.
 
Then, of course, there is also confidence. They were not shaken by the big names in DR. Congo just like we were not afraid of All Africa Games champions Congo Brazzaville in 1978.
 
Then there is also the issue of gelling. Much as some of the players have been club less for almost a season, they still played as a unit because of their previous outings together. This experience is key.

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